I would just like to take this opportunity to bring to your attention an adventurous and informative new book with a Polynesian backdrop titled Mr. Moonlight of the South Seas: The Extraordinary Life of Robert Dean Frisbie. The book is written by myself and published by Dockside Sailing Press. It is available on the publisher’s Website, as well as you can easily find it on Amazon.com.
Mr. Moonlight of the South Seas describes the adventurous life of American author Robert Dean Frisbie, who lived in the South Seas from 1920 until his death in 1948. Although he is part of a long line of South Seas writers that began with Herman Melville and Robert Louis Stevenson, Frisbie managed to do what very few of these writers could do— after going to the Pacific, he stayed there for the rest of his life. He first arrived in Tahiti, French Polynesia, where he met author James Norman Hall. The two would remain friends for the rest of their lives. Hall and Charles Nordhoff wrote Mutiny on the Bounty and later the Bounty Trilogy. After four years in Tahiti, Frisbie left for the tiny atoll of Pukapuka, Cook Islands, where he hoped the solitude would enable him to write his masterpiece. Frisbie embraced life there; he married, had children and lived a life completely different from those of his American contemporaries. He was also a contemporary of James Michener. Frisbie’s writings would put Pukapuka on the map and his adventures would become the stuff of Pacific Islands’ lore.
Author: Brandon Oswald is a native of Southern California who has never lived far from the ocean. He became fascinated with stories of adventure in the South Seas at an early age. His interest in the culture and history of the Pacific Islands was heightened by a volunteer trip to Rarotonga, Cook Islands in 2002. There he had the privilege of organizing and cataloging the material of several different kinds of libraries throughout the island, including facilities at a college, a primary school and a public library. Brandon obtained his Master’s degree in Archives and Records Management at the University of Dundee, Scotland. He currently serves as Executive Director and Archivist, Island Culture Archival Support (ICAS), a non-profit dedicated to providing voluntary archival assistance to cultural heritage organizations in the Pacific Islands. Brandon currently lives in San Diego, California with his wife, Shannon, daughter, Devin, three cats, and a dog named Steve.
Details: 164 pages. Illustrated. Available on Amazon.com. Paperback, $11.95 or e-book $5.95.